On 27th June we had the pleasure of capturing Georgina and Stuart’s wedding at the stunning Mythe Barn in Atherstone.
The ceremony was held in the Oak Barn which was decorated beautifully. The procession of the bridal party became a little too much for Stuart, as soon he saw their gorgeous daughter walking down the aisle he couldn’t hold back the tears. When he saw his beautiful bride, he was completely overcome. With Phil up on the balcony at the rear and Vicky at the front, we captured this emotional moment (even we had to hold back the tears). The ceremony was beautiful, surrounded by their family and friends.
After the I do’s we all headed out to the courtyard for reception drinks and photos. With the stunning garden and surrounding fields, the areas for photos were superb. Below are just a few of our favourite images from their amazing day. We would like to thank Georgina and Stuart for choosing us to capture your special day.
On Saturday 15th June, we had the pleasure of capturing Katie and Luke’s wedding day. The ceremony was held at the beautiful St Chad’s Church in Hopwas, followed by reception at The Belfry in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield.
Vicky joined the Bride at her parent’s home to capture the preparations, whilst Phil joined the (very nervous) Groom at home. Following laughter and tears (all happy) of getting ready, everyone made their way to the Church. The ceremony was beautiful, surrounded by their family and friends. After the ceremony, with the weather looking rather ropey, we all kept our fingers crossed for the rain to pass us by, and cracked on with the group shots and confetti throw. Just as we finished the groups, the rain made it’s appearance!
The rain did not ease at all on the way to The Belfry. The Bride and Groom stayed in the car, a stunning Rolls Royce, enjoying a glass a of fizz. Just as we were ready to brave the elements, the rain stopped. It couldn’t have been timed better to get shots with the car. Whilst the guests were enjoying drinks and canapés , we hopped on the golf buggy to visit all the excellent places The Belfry has to offer for stunning Bridal portraits. Including the bridge, fountain, trellis etc… Below are just a few of our favourite images from their day.
We had the absolute pleasure of meeting Ben and Una’s precious new arrivals, twin boys Oliver and Harry, for their newborn photo shoot session. Ben and Una came to us in May for their maternity shoot, so we couldn’t wait to meet the little guys.
The boys are simply perfect, from their gorgeous little noses to their teeny tiny toes. Phil got the studio toasty warm for them and cracked on with the shoot. They were both so content, especially with each other. Whenever they were lay next to each other, they naturally put their heads together (even though a couple times is looked like Harry was trying eat Oliver, ha ha). Joking aside, you can already tell how close the boys are.
The session was brilliant, and Phil got some beautiful shots. What certainly helped the session go so well was how calm and relaxed Ben and Una were. Babies pick up on stress and nerves, which makes them unsettled and worried. Mum and dad being relaxed makes baby relaxed as they know they are in safe hands.
We would like to thank Ben and Una for choosing us, and can’t wait to shoot your wedding in September (this is certainly a busy year for them).
On Saturday 17th May, we had the pleasure of capturing the wedding of Rachel and Ben at St Paul’s Church in Burton Upon Trent, and Reception at Branston Golf and Country Club, also in Burton Upon Trent.
On the morning of the wedding, driving to the church, the weather was a little wet. Thankfully, as we approached, the rain stopped just in time for the guests arriving. St Paul’s church is absolutely breathtaking. One of the church officials told us about how the church was originally going to be a cathedral, which you can certainly see from inside. The ceremony was lovely, filled with laughter and love.
After the ceremony, the sun was shining brightly. We captured the family group shots the bride and groom requested in the church grounds, before heading on to the reception.
This was a new venue for us to shoot at. We love going to new venues, as it gets the creative juices flowing, exploring all the areas to make beautiful backdrops for the photos. Branston Golf Club has an abundance of areas, with the stunning dedicated bridal garden and golf buggy down to the lake and bridge. The wedding co-ordinator couldn’t have been more helpful to both the bride and groom, and us. Nothing was too much trouble.
We had a lovely day, thank you to Rachel and Ben for choosing us to capture your special day.
What Rachel and Ben had to say: “We would just like to thank both you and Phil for capturing our wedding day. The photos are beautiful and we are having a tough time selecting the ones for our album! You made us feel comfortable and relaxed during the day.”
The set up and approach to Newborn Photography is very different to a family photo shoot session. Family sessions are lively, fun, and in many cases, rather loud. Newborn photo shoot sessions are to be kept very calm, relaxed and super cosy warm.
The key to a successful newborn shoot is the preparation, for both the parents and photographer. The ideal time to shoot a newborn is in the first 10 days. Baby is more content being naked, and less reluctant to wriggle out of position. If baby can be fed 30 mins before the session, this will (hopefully) make them sleepy, and then just need the odd top-up feed. Dressing the baby is also important, avoid clothing that goes over their head to reduce disturbing the baby. We always send out a guidance sheet to our parents before the session to help them prepare.
At our studio, we allow two hours for the photo shoot session, as baby will need some comfort and feeds. The ideal temp to heat the shooting space is approx 26 degrees celsius. Perfect for baby, a little warm for everyone else, so dress for the Bahamas. The key point for everyone involved in the session is to be calm and relaxed. Baby picks up on everyone’s emotions. Babies wee and poop, this is inevitable, so no need to worry about this. Note to parents – bring a change of clothes for yourself. Note to photographers – plenty of cleaning wipes.
Getting a good photograph of all the kids all looking at the camera is a challenge in itself, as parents and photographers we know this too well. For a child with autism, this can be a very overwhelming and upsetting experience, especially if they are in a new environment and with people they do not know.
When appointing a photographer, it is important to make them aware before the shoot that a member of the family is on the autism spectrum. Let the photographer know what their sensitivities are – does the session need to remain calm and quiet, are they sensitive to flashing lights etc… The photographer needs to gain their trust, so let them know subjects they like to talk about.
We recently welcomed the Cartwright family to the studio. Mum made us aware at the time of booking that her son has ASD. She mentioned that he loves fishing, which Phil is a keen fisherman himself. When they arrived at the studio, he was a little shy and not very keen to get in the studio. To give him time to get used to the studio environment, Phil chatted with his sister and got her excited about the shoot. Once he could see that his sister was comfortable and happy, he soon became involved. Throughout the session, Phil kept it quiet and calm. When asking him to get in different positions, if he wasn’t happy or keen, Phil altered the pose to how he was comfortable. The end result was a great set of images, that Mum was over the moon with. Here’s the review she left on our facebook page:
“I brought my 2 children here my eldest has ASD and Phil made sure the studio was quiet and calm he talked through everything with my son and managed to capture some lovely photos of both children. Previous to the photo shoot I sent an email with my sons hobbies etc. So he knew exactly what to talk about with my son. Would highly recommend the studio and the photos were lovely. Thankyou”
On Saturday 2nd February 2019, we had the pleasure of providing wedding photography for Leanne and Freddy at the stunning wedding venue, Somerford Hall in Staffordshire.
It was a true pleasure as we have met the happy couple on several occasions before. We have captured Leanne’s sister’s wedding, a family christening, and a family photo shoot session in the studio. Therefore, we jumped at the chance to capture their wedding.
On the big day, both of us (Phil and Vicky) were there to capture every detail from the bride getting ready, through to the couple’s first dance. As it was the beginning of February, it was guaranteed to be a bit chilly. After the ceremony, we headed outside for the group shots. As it was a little cold, we headed back indoors to take some portraits of the bride and groom to let them warm up. Somerford Hall has many areas inside to provide stunning backdrops for the bridal portraiture including the Bridal Suite, staircase, and entrance hall.
Below are just a few images from their special day. We would like to thank Leanne and Freddy for choosing us to record your wedding. For more information on our Wedding Photography service, click here
We recently welcomed the Seabright brothers to the studio for a photo shoot experience. Mum had won a Family Photo Shoot gift voucher at their school’s Christmas fete, that we had donated to.
The brother’s, aged 7 and 5, stepped out in front of the camera looking very dapper indeed in bow ties. Phil had great fun with the boys, even getting shots of them hugging (not strangling) each other. Whilst they changed in to a more casual outfit, we changed the backdrop to get some great shots on the blue.
When mum, dad and the boys returned to view the photos, they were all over the moon. After a lot of debating, they managed to select their absolute favourites to take pride of place on their wall at home.
On Saturday 29th December, we had the pleasure of photographing Sian and Tom’s wedding day at the stunning Winstanley House, Leicester.
I met with Sian and Tom a couple of weeks before the big day to have a chat about their wedding photography, to allow me to plan out the shots they wanted without compromising their time with their guests. Sian did mention that she does not feel comfortable in front of the camera, which I took on board.
On the day, both myself and Phil joined the happy couple and their guests to celebrate and capture their day. As the ceremony was at 3pm, we were a little restricted on time to get the outdoor group shots and portraits done before it went dark. We did it, giving the Bride and Groom plenty of time to enjoy a glass (or two) of fizz and mingle with their guests before they sat down for dinner.
At night, the manor house is lit up beautifully. Therefore we could not miss the opportunity for some nighttime portraits. Below are just a few of our favourite shots.
We would like to thank Sian and Tom for choosing us to capture your special day and wish you all the happiness in the world.
January is notoriously a very quiet month for photographers, but January 2019 seems to have taken a busy turn for us – happy days! Here’s an update of what we (Phil and Vicky) have been up to.
Taking Image Viewings to a New Level
It’s taken some time, 2 years to be precise, but we have finally moved Vicky (me) in to the 21st century!! I am the first to admit I am not very technical savvy, and doing image presentations on the big screen used to drive me nuts. I would get so muddled up and angry with the software during image viewings that I wanted to throw the laptop against something hard (mainly Phil). So I decided to move to a more traditional approach by using proof prints. Which had its advantages – main one being no confusing software – but it was still not versatile enough to really demonstrate how amazing your family portraits will look at home. So, after lots of research we have finally found a user-friendly ‘Vicky-friendly’ software. The big screen TV is back, with slideshow to music, easily select your favourite images, and even see how your images will look in you own room at home. The first family to test it out on was the Clifton family. They chose a stunning 4 image multi-frame and were able to see how it will actually look.
Photo Shoot Session with the Hall Family
One of our first shoots of 2019 was with the Hall family, who came to the studio on 7th Jan. The shoot was a Christmas gift for the grandparents with their two grandchildren aged 7 and 4. When they arrived, straight away mum made Phil aware that one of the children is on the Autism spectrum. This allowed Phil time to talk to mum to find out a little more about likes and dislikes, and how to get the best out of him. The shoot was great fun and a great experience, which showed in the final images. Grandma and Grandad were over the moon.
Wedding Fayre Season
Wedding Fayre season is upon us. With newly engaged couples over the festive period, starting to plan the most magical day of their lives. On Sunday 20th January, we exhibited at the beautiful Middleton Hall. Along with great local wedding suppliers, we were greeted by loads of excited Bride’s and Groom’s to be. We’re looking forward to being at Lea Marston Hotel on 3rd March, and Ramada Sutton Coldfield on 24th March. For our top tips on how to ‘survive’ wedding fayres, click here .